I am Joanne Mosconi, the daughter of the legendary Chef of Greenwich Village, Pietro Mosconi. From the time I could walk and talk, I have been alongside my father watching and trying to help him cook and create culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. Everyone who meets my father absolutely loves him! He is more than just a chef or restaurateur- Chef Pietro Mosconi, is the heart and soul of Greenwich Village!
Born in a small town in Piacenza, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, my award winning father immigrated to The United States in 1966 in search of a better life. After gaining years of culinary experience in some of New York City’s finest restaurants, such as: Gianbelli, Gino’s of Lexington Avenue, Romeo Salta, and Scoop, Chef Pietro followed his heart and opened up two Northern Italian restaurants on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, New York- Villa Mosconi and Monte’s Trattoria, where he still serves as the Executive Chef.
My father is a machine, unstoppable even after all these years! In addition to running two restaurants, he is a dedicated serving officer of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America, and also serves as a member of several other culinary organizations including: The Chaine de Rotisseurs and Les Amis D'Escoffier Society of New York. In 2007, my brother Peter and I were proud children because our father, Chef Pietro Mosconi, was honored at the James Beard house and hosted an unforgettable Italian luncheon!
Chef Pietro, a forever purist when it comes to preparing fresh food, still remains on a quest for expanding his culinary passion. In 2016, he celebrated 40 years as an owner of a successful NYC restaurant, and his next plan is to publish his first cookbook, “The Chef of Greenwich Village!”
As an Italian immigrant who came to America with only some spare change in his pocket, he has created an empire right on MacDougal Street, one that will be part of Greenwich Village History forever. This self taught chef is loved by the people of New York, and his book will be just as much of a tribute to them as it will be to my family.
Ultimately, writing my father’s book has connected me him in a way I have always longed for, and it will continue to do so throughout my life. I will give it to anyone who ever wants to be touched by the story of a little boy from Italy who became a chef that transformed a part of Greenwich Village into a home for all. I hope you will join me on my new journey, one where I will be cooking with my hero, my father- a master chef, while going to Culinary School and working towards sharing his story beyond MacDougal Street! I hope to inspire any young person who still believes in The American Dream: as that is who my father is!